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Two arrested on recommended drug charges after traffic stop

Tyler Christian Sims and Michael Leon Kobernick (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — Two men were arrested on recommended felony drug charges, after police say the men were pulled over during a traffic stop.

According to law enforcement paperwork, Tyler Christian Sims and Michael Leon Kobernick were arrested during the nighttime hours of June 28, 2019.

Sims, of Casper, faces a recommended misdemeanor charge of Possession of Methamphetamine as well as a felony charge of Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

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Kobernick, of Green River, faces a recommended felony charge of Possession of Marijuana on a 3rd or subsequent offense.

Officers say they were in the area of 15th Street and CY Avenue, on patrol, when they observed the occupants of a vehicle acting suspiciously.

Officers say that the behavior of the vehicle occupants appeared as though a drug transaction may have taken place.

The suspect vehicle left the area traveling on 15th street. Officers say that the vehicle turned onto Wolcott street without signaling and turned into an incorrect lane.

Police say that they then stopped the vehicle.

Officers write in an affidavit that Kobernick consented to a search of his person, whereupon police say that a syringe was found on Kobernick’s person.

The affidavit goes on to say that Kobernick initially claimed to be a diabetic, but officers say that he was unable to answer any questions as to the nature of the diabetes or the drugs he had been prescribed.

Police also contact Sims, who reportedly did not initially identify himself to officers, until he was taken into custody.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and Casper Police Officers report finding a white crystalline powder, suspected to be methamphetamine, on the passenger side floor and mat of the vehicle.

Empty syringes were also found, as well as a loaded syringe with suspected methamphetamine were also found.

In the center console of the vehicle investigators report finding an electronic digital scale with suspected methamphetamine residue, multiple empty jewleer’s bags, and a small bag containing suspected marijuana.

Two empty syringes were found under the driver’s seat and a metal socket containing suspected marijuana was found on the driver’s side floor.

Prior to transport the the Natrona County Detention Center, police say that Sims admitted to having methamphetamine on his person, and a subsequent search found him to be in possession of one baggie with suspected methamphetamine and three empty baggies containing suspected meth residue.

Sims admitted to emptying as much methamphetamine as he could, onto the floor, when officers turned on their lights to contact the suspect vehicle.  He then said that he hid the rest of the methamphetamine on his person.

Kobernick told officers that he had been giving Sims a ride, and admitted ownership of the socket with suspected marijuana inside.

During the investigation, police say that agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation indicated that they had an affidavit of probable cause for the arrest of Sims on a felony charge of Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine.

Details surrounding this charge were not immediately available.

Kobernick was noted to have had three previous drug possession convictions, making a third or subsequent charge eligible for felony status.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.